earliest 'martial arts in cinema' memory??

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  1. OldButGame

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    I remember, (i'm old now dont forget),....when martial arts would appear on TV or Movies,...and how"freaky' and 'exotic' it was. At that time (at approx early 60's) You kind of rarely saw that as You do now adays. The very first times I recall seeing it was in the following,..
    1. The Green Hornet (TV series with Bruce Lee)
    2. Billy Jack (movie with Tom Laughlin (sp?), we sat thru 3 X just to see the early breakout fight scene in the park.
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    3.'Our Man Flint' (Movie with James Coburn as an espionage agt.)

    ...I was a real little kid during these and the introduction of karate and martial arts was somewhat of a novelty/new thing then. What was the first time You remember seein that stuff?? :)
     
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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

    That is my first memory of martial arts on tv. Sure they are turtles but they are ninjas.

    As for other things video games really influenced my love of Martial Arts. Mortal Kombat to this day is still one of my favorite games.

    In movies its all about Jackie Chan and Jet Li. Cant think of two better martial artists of my childhood. Van Damme was awesome but Jet Li showed more of a traditional style Kung Fu. With his classics Once Upon a Time In China and Fist of Legend. The guy just knows how to do movies.
     
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    Come to think of it...i just remembered another early martial arts movie...."Enter The Dragon'....we saw that a bunch of times!!!!....Bruce Lee was awesome in that,....[​IMG]
     
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    Enter The Dragon
    Way Of The Dragon
    Billy Jack
    Enter The Ninja
     
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    I think ToshiroMifuni, 7 Samurai, and that series of legendary "ClintEastwood esqe" series was my first intro. Prolly early '60's, for that series of Samurai cut them up genre.
     
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    well im an 80's child, so the first martial art film i saw at the movies was Karate Kid.....................awesome!!!!!
     
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    every fishing trip with my great uncle we would rent a bunch of those $1 kung fu movies. they seem corny. but gosh they were awesome flicks.
     
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    Local UHF staitions would host Kung Fu Theater on weekends and I would watch if there was no baseball, cartoons or Godzilla movies on tv. Part of the captivation, of course, was the sound effects that accompanied every kick and every chop of the combatants. One scene that has stayed with me for years, and I will probably never forget, involved a convalescing warrior laying in bed, recovering from a terrible leg injury sustained in battle, when he was visited by his master. The master asked his student how his recovery was coming along. The student sits up in bed, and with his leg suspended and immobilized down to his ankle -using only the sharp, rapid movements of his foot - he fills the room with the quintessential whooshing and cracking of kung fu sound effects.

    "Ah, you will be back to full health in no time."

    "Yes, Master - and even stronger than before!"
     
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    Bruce Lee did quite a bit in popularizing martial arts in the US at Kato (in the Green Hornet and Batman) and again later in Enter the Dragon. However, judo (and jiu-jitsu) started showing up in some Hollywood movies in the late 1940s (James Cagney) and 50s.

    It really came to the limelight in the early 60s (circa 1962) with James Bond, The Manchurian Candidate (1962), and other spy-fi movies. Bond and some of the villains employed judo and some karate. We saw quite a bit in TV spy-fi shows of the early 60s such The Avengers (~1962), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964), and The Wild Wild West (1965). Note that the Green Hornet did not come along until 1966.

    The early 70s brought us Enter the Dragon (& other Bruce Lee films) and the Kung Fu TV series with David Carradine. Even tho' I thoroughly enjoyed Carradine's portrayal of Kwai Chang Caine in Kung Fu, I would have loved to have seen Bruce Lee doing the part. (It is rumored that Bruce Lee was instrumental in creating the idea for the Kung Fu TV series and was originally supposed to star in the role of Kwai Chang Caine).
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    The thing with Bruce Lee was he more than a Martial Artist. He took elements of philosophy and added into some of his work. At least his writings were heavily influenced with Taoist and Buddhist themes.

    On top of that he got rid of alot of dogma related to the old ways of training. Most masters of the time hated him for doing it but he changed the way it was done in very little time.
     
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    Karate kid...
     
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    The Burning of the Red Lotus Temple (1928 ), and it's 27 hours long. :)
     
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    Yeah,..The Avengers and Wild Wild west were actually 2 of my all time fav shows back then,....( i think i had a boyhood crush on 'Emma Peel':oops:),....And i would just live for the "James West' fight scenes !!!!!...(seen them recently,...and they seemed pretty campy,...but heck,..when You're young,....its all good)
     
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    Yeah, I believe that we all had a crush on Emma Peel (Diana Rigg).

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    Actaully, before high-kickin' Emma Peel came on the scene (1965), there was Honor Blackman as Cathy Gale (1962-64) as the martial arts sexpot spy of The Avengers. From her stint in The Avengers, she became one of the best known of the Bond Girls, Pùssy Galore (in 1964).

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    Grew up watching these on Channel 9 in So Cal.

    We all had crush of Emma Peel. James West did a lot of judo throw is memory serves.
     
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